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Quiggingate: NYT vs the Oz

August 4th, 2011

Not exactly, but Paul Krugman, writing in his NY Times blog, has backed me up in my latest stoush with the Murdoch Press, as has Brad DeLong. As Paul says, this kind of attack is a badge of honour.

  1. Freelander
    August 4th, 2011 at 09:51 | #1

    Be interesting to see how much of a bump, Murdoch’s indirect plug via Krugman and DeLong’s responses, gives your book sales! An unanticipated consequence, I’m sure!

  2. Freelander
    August 4th, 2011 at 09:55 | #2

    I just looked on Amazon. It has, indeed, given your book sales a bump.

    Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
    #8 in Books > Business & Investing > Economics
    #10 in Books > Professional & Technical > Accounting & Finance
    #70 in Books > Nonfiction

    I imagine you are writing Rupert a thank-you note, right now!

  3. Hristos
    August 4th, 2011 at 10:02 | #3

    Rupert and John will share the rents.

    Great stuff John!

  4. NickR
    August 4th, 2011 at 10:52 | #4

    Two honours for JQ. First the ‘sliming’, second having friends like PK and BD to back him up 🙂

  5. gerard
    August 4th, 2011 at 11:09 | #5

    “I would leave a congratulatory on Quiggin’s voicemail, but Rupert would probably delete it.”


  6. kymbos
    August 4th, 2011 at 13:07 | #6

    Wow. The comments on the Oz piece are a delight to read.

    Sincere congratulations, Prof.

  7. Bob
    August 4th, 2011 at 13:14 | #7

    Joshua Gans too, and more emphatically:


  8. August 4th, 2011 at 13:53 | #8

    I love this (from the comments on the Krugman piece)

    Joseph OShaughnessyDowners Grove, ILAugust 3rd, 20116:58 pm
    I hope to read more of John Quiggin. He is obviously quite astute, perceptive, intellectually honest…whether he really exists or not. .

    Do you exist, JQ?!?? Tell us you’re not just a character from Anthony Powell! 😀

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain
    August 4th, 2011 at 19:15 | #9

    Oh, yes, indeed! To be savaged by the Evil Empire’s minions is a sure testament to one’s character. The Murdoch homunculi have a fine line in whingeing about ‘ad hominem’ arguments, when they are amongst the most enthusiastic proponents of the art, often with a leavening of snide pretensions to intellectual superiority which are funnier than Tony Hancock at the gentleman’s finishing school. Albrechtsen breaks me up with the preposterous pomposity of her claim that the Right ‘has won the battle of ideas’ as she peddles anthropogenic climate destabilisation denialist canards so floridly bonkers that they would even embarrass Barnaby Jones. In any case an accurate description of your typical Rightwing disinformationist crustacean must involve ‘ad hominem’ descriptions, otherwise it cannot be true to life.

  10. Donald Oats
    August 4th, 2011 at 22:48 | #10

    Slime and smile are anagrams :-), and what better way to come out smiling than to be slimed by the Kings of Slime, the editor(s) of the national broadsheet^fn1.

    fn1: The national broadsheet is—ironically—called The Australian, and my no-link-thru is intentional. Those humanoids of non-Oz birth who so desire may find the sodden sheet via the WKSE.

  11. Freelander
    August 5th, 2011 at 02:48 | #11

    It would be interesting if you could get a chart of sales on Amazon (or the data) so you could measure the extent of the ‘Rupert bump’. With an enemy like that who needs friends? “All publicity is good publicity except your own obituary.”

  12. may
    August 5th, 2011 at 13:00 | #12

    Nobel read his own obit and was so disappointed he created the Nobel prize we have for things like literature and(wait for it) economics.

    i saw that little bit in the fin today and thought wow.

  13. gerard
    August 5th, 2011 at 14:32 | #13

    Stutch back on the front page today pining for the return of Workchoices

  14. KB Keynes
    August 5th, 2011 at 15:19 | #14

    did he observe Sinker’s absurd graph?

  15. Freelander
    August 5th, 2011 at 20:18 | #15


    The Economics “Nobel” is nothing to do with Alfred except by the strange attaching “in Memory of Alfred Nobel” on the end of its name, and somehow the managing to get the Nobel Foundation to administer it. Full title: “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”. The prize was to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of a bank.

    See, for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Memorial_Prize_in_Economic_Sciences

    Apparently some of Nobel’s descendants are not particularly happy about the arrangement.

    One apparent consequence of the prize has been that many people nowadays think that economists know everything about everything. Nothing wrong with that, of course! Has to be good for business!

  16. Mulga Mumblebrain
    August 5th, 2011 at 20:54 | #16

    The state of economists’ wisdom reminds me of Michael’s Curtiz’s boastful declaration,
    “You people think I know f**k nothing. I tell you- I know f**k all!’.

  17. may
    August 6th, 2011 at 14:17 | #17

    well well.

    live and learn.

  18. Mulga Mumblebrain
    August 6th, 2011 at 17:55 | #18

    The ‘Economics’ Nobel has nothing to do with Nobel, and the ‘Peace’ Prize nothing to do with Peace.

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